Art

An Afternoon with Mohamed Zakariya: The Story of the Poem

An Afternoon with Mohamed Zakariya: The Story of the Poem

Last fall, I had the privilege to sit with Zakariya hoca to talk about calligraphy and his experiences. But he shared with me more than just calligraphy. We talked about languages, poetry, past and current masters of this art, literature and of course calligraphy! For the next few months I will be sharing with you snippets of our conversation.

Art and Spirituality: An interview with Artist Ayesha Gamiet

Art and Spirituality: An interview with Artist Ayesha Gamiet

I think the inspiration to follow this path has been fueled by a desire to be fulfilled creatively and spiritually. The practice of Islamic art combines these elements so completely, and in such beautiful ways, I’m sure I’ll always be learning more and creating more. The learning never stops, and the possibilities are infinite.     

Calligraphy is Dedication: Profile of Master Calligrapher Nuria Garcia Masip

Calligraphy is Dedication: Profile of Master Calligrapher Nuria Garcia Masip

I remember once I burned my hand trying to put out a small fire a candle had caused near my work. The electricity had gone out and I was working by candle light. A paper towel caught on fire and I was so worried it would burn my meshk...

Finding the Perfect Space for Our Calligraphy Workshop

Finding the Perfect Space for Our Calligraphy Workshop

The space we’ll be using is surrounded by small sculptures and is right next door to one of their larger gallery spaces. It is such a cool and appropriate space that we’re planning a group studio tour with the administrators at Artists & Makers during one of the workshop breaks.

Practice is Everything: The North Star of Abbasid Calligraphy Yaqut al-Musta’simi (13th Century AD)

Practice is Everything: The North Star of Abbasid Calligraphy Yaqut al-Musta’simi (13th Century AD)

In the year 1258 when Baghdad was attacked by the Mongols, Yaqut al-Musta’simi took practice to the next level. As the Mongol horde attacked, Yaqut took refuge in a minaret within one of the Baghdad mosques to continue his strict regime of practicing calligraphy...

Calligraphy is Love: Profile of Master Calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland

Calligraphy is Love: Profile of Master Calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland

Art brings people together, and calligraphy is no different. I recently spoke to my teacher, Elinor Aishah Holland who talks about everything from her time in Istanbul to her advice for aspiring students.